The Missouri Partnership and the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) were cited as “Best in Class” for state and regional economic development organizations, respectively, in a new survey of location advisors. While the Missouri Partnership tied for fifth place with Kansas and Oklahoma Departments of Commerce for state economic development organizations, KCADC ranked first among regional economic development organizations.
Conducted every three years since 1996 by Development Counsellors International (DCI), the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development”
report tracks trends in economic development to determine the best
business climates among all 50 states. Key factors include tax climate,
“pro-business environment,” incentives/financial assistance and
The survey also ranked Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina as
having the overall best business climates domestically, and China, the
United Kingdom and Germany as the top countries for international
DCI’s 2014 Winning Strategies report collected feedback from 356
corporate executives and location advisors, the greatest response to
date. The report assembles the perceptions of business executives
throughout the nation on the most effective economic development
marketing techniques and strategies. Corporate executive respondents
were equally divided among manufacturing and service industries, and
nearly a quarter had gross revenues of $500 million or higher.